Girls choir sing at post Eucharist on Mothering Sunday

11 Feb 2016

On Mothering Sunday (6 March 2016), the Girls’ Choir of Canterbury Cathedral will be releasing their debut recording.

The launch of the CD – Henry Purcell: Sacred Music, will be in the Cathedral Chapter House following the Sung Eucharist service at 11am. At the launch the girls will be singing two anthems included in the recording.

Twenty two girls are singing with the Lay Clerks on the CD directed by Cathedral Assistant Organist David Newsholme with Matthew Wadsworth playing a theorbo (stringed instrument from the lute family) and organists Adrian Bawtree and William Wallace. David explained: “By singing a programme of music by Henry Purcell, the girls not only have the opportunity to cut their teeth on some of the most brilliant music ever composed for voices, they can also take ownership, in a very real way, of their own heritage.”

The Girls’ Choir of Canterbury Cathedral was founded in 2014 and its members, aged between 12 and 18, were admitted to the Cathedral Foundation in early 2016. Since the launch, which received international media coverage, the choir has sung on such notable occasions as the service held to mark the twentieth anniversary of the ordination of women priests and at a service of dedication and unveiling of two royal statues, attended by HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.

The CD, which has been made possible through the generous support of the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral and the Peter Cundill Foundation, will be available to purchase at the launch and also in the Cathedral shop from 6 March 2016.

 Afterwards treat Mum to a delicious 3-course lunch at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge